Guest Post: Glamorous Girls who LOVE God

So when the founder of this wonderful, and awesome movement called God, Glitter and Glad Ministries– I felt really like unqualified to do it. I thought about calling LP, and asking her to reconsider me writing it, and being featured, but the day before I was going to call her I had this crazy dream. I don’t exactly remember what happened in the dream (sorry to disappoint!), but I remember waking up feeling like God was calling me out to do it. Thus, here we are.

Being a Glamorous Girl, who loves God, probably means a bunch of things to different people, but for me, it means the following things.

  • First and foremost, it means to be a girl after God’s heart. My number one desire in life is to please God. I love God so much, that I don’t want to disappoint him. I go out of my way to make sure I am praying every day, staying in my word, and loving every person I come in contact with.
  • It means, being uncomfortable. At times, I don’t understand where God places me, but I know in the end it always works out for the greater good (“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28). So even when I am uncomfortable or feel awkward – I know that the result is pleasing God, which is good for me.
  • Being set apart in the best, most inclusive club there is – the Club of Jesus Christ. You will gain some of the most amazing Christian brothers and sisters that are doing great things, but also will hold you accountable to your walk and journey with God. You will also be set apart in more positive ways than negative. Opportunities and blessing will come your way, and you won’t be able to do anything but thank God for the great works He is doing through you.
  • Some of the old folks in my church used to say “People should be able to see Christ in you, and that maybe the only image of Him they’ll ever see.” To me, being a Glam Girl for God, means that you are going to be held to a higher standard than other people, which isn’t always a bad thing. (“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2)

Being a Glamorous Girl who loves God isn’t about being Glamorous, but more so about having God within you, and making sure others receive God in them as well. Be a blessing to others, and you will surely be blessed.

Love and Blessings Always,
Tanesha Renae

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Love Yourself Challenge Week 6: Self-Reflection

So this week’s love yourself challenge was to do some self-reflection. I’m sure we’ve all seen and read blogs about self-reflection, so I took a personal spin to the topic. This summer I’ve grown closer in my walk with God which has led resulted in major moments of reflecting. I believe when you allow God to be the lead and guide your steps, HE allows self-reflecting to manifest. When rely and depend on God you gain a clearer outlook on yourself, others and where your journey in life. When focusing on your relationship with God, you gain joy, peace, love, patience, forgiveness and understanding not only for others but for yourself as well. He allows you to become more aware of HIS plan for your life. God truly allows you to see yourself for who you are, where you are and where you are going.

Life changes aren’t always easy and sometimes growing in God and yourself is difficult as it will reveal some tough truths about yourself you aren’t necessarily ready to face or conquer. Reflecting with God on yourself, allows you to eventually forgive those who have wrong you and forgive yourself for tolerating their idiocy which lead to change and growth. For what does not change, does not grow. During this time of reflection, you will experience tears, heartaches and pain but it’s totally worth it in the end. The growth the people will see as a result from the changes you’ve made will continue to push you to higher heights.

How did you self-reflect this week? Share below in the comments section!

– A. Rochell

21 things I’ve learned since turning 21.

Happy June 2ND, also known as MY HALF BIRTHDAY!! It is official – today at 1:50ish am, I have been 21 years old for entire 6 months! Crazy right? Normally I don’t celebrate this day, however I thought with June being “Love Yourself” Month here at the site, I would talk about some of the things I’ve learned in the last six months as a form of self-reflection.

  1. Not everyone has the same moral code and values as you were raised with.
  2. Do not expect anything from anyone, so you’re not disappointed.
  3. It’s OK to do things alone.
  4. Breaking out of your comfort zone, is addictive.
  5. “And if not, God is still good.”
  6. You won’t get every opportunity; give others a chance to be great.
  7. I am not ready for children yet: babysitting is enough. And that is okay.
  8. It’s okay to be an introvert and extrovert!
  9. I will not and cannot make everyone happy, while maintaining my own happiness.
  10. Life is hard, but I am BARELY more than equipped to handle it.
  11. I deserve more than I give myself credit for.
  12. I am not ready for a real adult 9-5-work life. I have to work my own hours, or at least not work until after 10 AM.
  13. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I am the beholder.
  14. People are always going to have something to say about your goals and life plans – remember they are your plans not anyone else.
  15. Just because everyone is doing “more real life” things such as having kids, getting engaged, and married, and having jobs, does not mean that you are not where you are supposed to be in life.
  16. Don’t be discouraged by critics of your goals – there are so many critics without credentials.
  17. Continue to be great, and let your light shine on the world.
  18. WORK HARD – at every single thing you do. Give no less than 100% to everything you do.
  19. Always behave kinder than you feel, you never know what someone else is going through.
  20. Love fearlessly.
  21. God loves you, no matter how short you fall, or how badly you mess up. He still loves and cares about you.

Keep It Classy, 

-T.Renae

Motivational Monday: Spirituality

Has anyone else felt like college has got them closer to God? Or made you more spiritual? I’m definitely not the most religious person in the world but my spirituality and faith in God has definitely grown since I’ve been in school. Sometimes when you’re young you don’t always understand why your parents are in church shouting and praying so hard until you’re on your own. College has taught me first hand if you don’t have anyone you have God and he’s definitely listening even if he doesn’t respond when you think he should.

My goal each year is to go to church more often, while I’m at home I go almost every Sunday probably because my family is very involved in church but I need it most in school so I have to make more of an effort. Although, I don’t go to church every Sunday I do make an effort to read a bible verse a day and pray multiple times a day because in all honesty it does make a difference in your day. Two or three times a month I go into a deep meditation where I turn off everything and play some relaxation or yoga music. In this time I just clear my mind and pray especially when I feel every overwhelmed, I normally do this for 30 minutes to an hour and it totally makes a difference.

We all have different understanding of religion and spirituality so we all have to use the things that work for us. There is no right or wrong way to connect with God and we all are on different levels but all we can do is work together without judging each other. At the end of the day we are all working to a goal and that’s to build a relationship with God.

– A. Rochell

Let’s Jump Together

Seth the word

Acts 2:1-2 – NIV – “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.”

Seth’s favorite move is Toys Story 2.  When Woody has been taken to ALS toy shop. The other characters tried to rescue him. “How are we going to get into the building?” They asked.  Some guy walked by and the doors opened up. So they jumped on the mat to get the door to open for them. One at a time. Buzz said we need to jump together. And then the door opened up wide.

1. When we don’t jump together, doors stay shut. Maybe that’s why you have so many doors are shut in your life. Maybe why that’s why we’re having war. Everyone is trying to do there own thing.

2. Doors will open when we jump together. When we work together we create an environment for God to move in. When we stop talking about folks and start loving them. When we start giving, encouraging one another, the only way is if we all work together. We gotta stop doing it on our own, but when we work together God starts move. Our ancestors knew this!

How do we all get to a point to work together? The verse! “They were all with one accord” “they were all with one mind set,” we need to adopt and develop the same mindset. Doesn’t sit well with our generation, god wants us to be collectively unified ! Jesus mindset!! Not about what you want, or the world wants, but if we go off of what The Lord says. Philippians chapter 2. Love like Jesus, share like Jesus, to give like Jesus. When we start to work together (verse 2) this happens. That’s sound was god sending the Holy Spirit to move in their lives. Something new was about to happen!

Prayer

Word by Seth Martin

What is prayer? Prayer is a task, you should not only use it when you are in need. Prayer is communication with God. Talking with God. It is necessary for you to speak your prayers! You need to communicate to have a relationship with God, just like you would any other relationship.

Why do we need to pray?

1. You need prayer to feel closer to God. Ephesians 6: 18: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” The Lord says He wants us to pray, and that should be a good enough reason for all believers! This is not an option, more like an obligation. We have a responsibility to pray to God. Forgetting is not a good enough excuse, because God didn’t forget to wake you up this morning! Jesus emphasizes this, in Luke 18:1-8, pray all the time!

2. Prayer changes circumstances! In Jonah 2:7, “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.” Prayer changes your situations. Any mess you are dealing with, ask God for help! “Have you prayed about your situation as much as you have talked about? ” remember this as you are going through tough situations in life. God will deliver us from it, but first we have to pray!

3. Prayer changes us. When we pray, we enter into God’s holy presence. Changes begin in His presence. We will begin to show forgiveness to people, because God has forgiven us. Without prayer there is no process in becoming better Christians.

You can’t be Basic

Word by Seth Martin

Matthew 5:13-16 – New International Version (NIV) – 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Basic is defined as an average person, nothing special about them. This generation is a little bit on the basic side. Everyone aspiring to be like everybody else. No one sees God. He has called His people to be different! Christians cannot look like everyone else! The Lord, on high has called us to walk differently through life. We CANNOT be basic. 

How do we avoid being basic?

1. You have to recognize that God has placed you on a platform or pedestal of sorts. So that others can see how you are living. On this pedestal, people should be able to see Jesus in you. You are special, and have the Lord in you. You should walk, talk and live like you are special!

2. You represent more than just yourself. The moment you give your life to God, you are a representation of him. It is a good thing because God is gloried through your life.

Trust God

1 Peter 5:7 – New Living Translation (NLT) – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

Trusting God. There are two options that God could do.

1. God will come through in the situation, like He always does.

or

2. God is going to disprove Himself.

 

Me personally, I have never seen God do option number 2. This is the greatest news, EVER. I apply this to every situation, because God always comes through for you, as long as you believe in Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:3-12

Philippians 1:3-12 – American Standard Version – ” 3 I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making my supplication with joy, 5 for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now; 6 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 even as it is right for me to be thus minded on behalf of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; 10 so that ye may approve the things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and void of offense unto the day of Christ; 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. 12 Now I would have you know, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the progress of the gospel;”

Word by Seth Martin,

Background information: Paul is writing to the church of Philippi, while he is in prison after confessing that he was with Jesus Christ. It was illegal to be with Jesus Christ, during this time. The Philippian church had sent the imprisoned Paul a gift by a messenger named Epaphroditus. When Epaphroditus fell ill while performing his duties, Paul decided to send him back to Philippi and asked that the church receive him with joy and hold him in high regard. Paul writes this letter to them, thanking them for their gifts. The church was having unity issues, and even though Paul did not necessary agree with their problems, he still wrote this letter in a joyful manner. Paul tells the church of Philippi that even though they are having these issues, Paul is praying for them, not because he was obligated, but because he wanted to.

Verse 3:  Paul still thanks God for the Church of Philippi, even though he disagrees with their issues. We (as Christians) need to be like Paul, and thank God for people even when you disagree with them.

Verse 4: Every time you think about your peers, you should pray for them. Paul did it because he wanted to.

Verse 5-6: Even when we do disagree, Paul was confident that God is working on you ( and your issues). No matter what we do, we’re confident God is still working on you. That’s the good news! Even your “enemies,” God is working on them! It is not your job to try and fix them. God’s work!

Verse 7-8: Why was Paul doing all this? He was doing this because he knows what it is like to be going through something. Sometimes we forget that we go through some things as Christians. Think about all of our sins. We all sin differently , and that create division. We all suffer form the same sickness (sin), but have different symptoms. At the end of the day sin = sin. Judging others divides us as Christians.

Verse 12: Paul suggest that going to jail has furthered God’s Kingdom. It was good going to jail. Sometimes we are going through things that do not feel good, but are good for God. Other times, the situation is not good for you personally, but the truth is that some things that are terrible happen to make other people better. For example, you are going through a struggle that required you to trust God, regardless, may help somebody else that you don’t even know is watching trust God.

Building A Better Me

Most of my life I found happiness with other people, I felt I needed to be surrounded by a lot of people to feel validated or I had to be in a relationship to feel beautiful but once I was alone I felt empty, unattractive and envious of those who had it better than me. Of course with age comes wisdom and I understood you don’t need a lot of people around you to feel happy.  You have to know your self-worth and every things else will come. Before I started Hampton I knew I had to really work on being myself and knowing who I am. I’ve learned the hard way, you can’t allow others to have so much control over your happiness and the way you act. When being yourself, you may lose those people who you thought were your friends but God will place people in your life that will help you grow into the person you need to be. When building a better you there are steps you have to take and I’d like to share a few steps I’ve taken. Even though I’m not finished growing I’ve come along way thanks to prayer and support from my loved ones.

When building a better you the most important step you must take is learning yourself and realizing your self-worth. Self-worth is the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person. Before you realize your self-worth you try to find validation through the attention of others. You need someone to compliment you or you need guys to hit on you before you realize how beautiful you are.  Then when you’re alone or no one validates you, you  think you’re having an off day. Once you comprehend your self-worth you don’t need all of that, you know without a doubt you are beautiful and a person would be honored to have you. When you’re confident in yourself you have a certain glow about you and no matter what you have on or how you look you no longer need their validation. Make sure you tell yourself you’re beautiful every day!!!!

Another big step is examining the people around you. Sometimes God puts people in your life for a season so don’t try to make them permanent because that will only affect you in the long run. God will give you signs if should remove people from your circle, you just have to relax and listen. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you, who will help you grow and who have your back. You don’t need a lot of friends, QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! Other than your parents your friends have a huge influence on how you act and behave, so choose your friends wisely. Make sure you and your friends complement each other and they accept you for you.

One of the prayers I pray:

Lord thank you for your many blessings. Lord please examine me, continue to mold me into the individual you want me to be. Remove all the negative influences in my life and please continue to bless me and my loved ones. In Your precious son’s name, I pray. Amen.

More steps to come!

– A. Rochell